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Black Ops 2 Apocalypse DLC coming Aug. 27 to 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's fourth and final downloadable content pack, Apocalypse, is headed to Xbox 360 Aug. 27 with four maps and a new zombie mode, developer Treyarch and publisher Activision announced today.

The DLC will introduce four maps — two new, two remakes — to the first-person shooter, according to a joint press release:

  • Pod: A failed utopian community from the 70's has left stacks of dilapidated residential pods nestled into an abandoned cliff side in Taiwan. Its residents long gone, the modernist compound now hosts frenetic combat as players must run atop the pods, as well as navigate their multi-tiered interiors for a strategic edge.
  • Frost: Fresh snow meets explosive gunpowder in this snow-capped European city, where the bridge over a frozen canal separates it into two sides, requiring players to employ multi-level traversal strategies to outsmart and ultimately outshoot their enemies.
  • Takeoff: Fans of "Stadium" from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC will find themselves at home on "Takeoff." Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this remote launch site is all about close-quarters combat, combining tight corners with open spaces for intense encounters.
  • Dig: An adaptation of the fan-favorite "Courtyard" from Call of Duty: World at War, where two archeological dig sites in Afghanistan become the perfect playground for combatants eager for hectic, unceasing confrontations. Treyarch, has retained the spirit of "Courtyard" with two major chokepoints, a wide open layout and raised platforms, but has provided fans with a fresh take on the multitude of paths.

A new zombie mode called "Origins" will drop players into WWI-era France, where they'll meet up with Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Rictofen — "the the four original heroes from the very first Zombies map" — the zombie hoards and a 1,000-foot tall "robot abomination."

Apocalypse will be available for 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) at its Aug. 27 launch, "with other platforms to follow." The DLC is included with the Black Ops 2 Season Pass. Treyarch began teasing the DLC yesterday with a video called "Origins," which we now know references the new zombie mode.

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